The Magician's Twin: C. S. Lewis on Science, Scientism, and Society

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Beloved for his Narnian tales and books of Christian apologetics, bestselling British writer C. S. Lewis also was a perceptive critic of the growing power of scientism, the misguided effort to apply science to areas outside its proper bounds. In this wide-ranging book of essays, contemporary writers probe Lewis?s prophetic warnings about the dehumanizing impact of scientism on ethics, politics, faith, reason, and science itself. Issues explored include Lewis?s views on bioethics, eugenics, evolution, intelligent ...

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Overview

Beloved for his Narnian tales and books of Christian apologetics, bestselling British writer C. S. Lewis also was a perceptive critic of the growing power of scientism, the misguided effort to apply science to areas outside its proper bounds. In this wide-ranging book of essays, contemporary writers probe Lewis’s prophetic warnings about the dehumanizing impact of scientism on ethics, politics, faith, reason, and science itself. Issues explored include Lewis’s views on bioethics, eugenics, evolution, intelligent design, and what he called “scientocracy.” Contributors include Michael Aeschliman, Victor Reppert, Jay Richards, and C. John Collins.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781936599059
  • Publisher: Discovery Institute
  • Publication date: 9/30/2012
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 348
  • Sales rank: 593,052
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author


John G. West is a senior fellow at the Discovery Institute. He is co-editor of The C. S. Lewis Readers’ Encyclopedia and author of The Politics of Revelation and Reason and Darwin Day in America. He has been interviewed by major media outlets including Newsweek, USA Today, and the New York Times, and CNN, FoxNews, and C-SPAN. He holds a Ph.D. in government from Claremont Graduate University and he formerly was the chair of the Department of Political Science and Geography at Seattle Pacific University.
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Table of Contents

Foreword Phillip E. Johnson 9

Introduction John G. West 11

Science & Scientism

1 The Magician's Twin John G. West 19

2 C.S. Lewis On Mere Science M. D. Aeschliman 47

3 C. S. Lewis on Science as a Threat to Freedom Edward S. Larson 53

4 C.S. Lewis, Science, and the Medieval Mind Jake Akins 59

5 A Peculiar Clarity C. John Collins 69

Origins

6 Darwin in the Dock John G. West 109

7 C. S. Lewis and Intelligent Design John G. West 153

Reason

8 Mastering the Vernacular Jay W. Richards 179

9 C.S. Lewis's Dangerous Idea Revisited Victor Reppert 199

10 C. S. Lewis and the Advent of the Posthuman James A. Herrick 235

11 The Education of Mark Studdock Cameron Wybrow 265

12 C. S. Lewis, Scientism, and the Battle of the Books M. D. Aeschliman 293

13 C. S. Lewis, Scientism, and the Moral Imagination Michael Matheson Miller 309

Biographies of Contributors 339

Index 343

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